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Exports to South Korea for JSR to resume

JSR Corp., one of the Japanese material manufacturers affected by free export restrictions to South Korea, has been allowed to start deliveries, according to someone who knows the issue.

The photo-resistor, a light-sensitive liquid used by semiconductor manufacturers to imprint circuits on silicon wafers in Tokyo, was given a permit on Monday because of the information. The fabric is an essential component of Samsung Electronics Co’s proposals for chips with a width of 7 or fewer nanometers that are produced via the so-called infrared intense (EUV) method.

The license includes approximately 5-6 months of production and must be extended for each consecutive grade, he said.

JSR spokesperson Nobuhiko Kuwashima and Tokyo spokesperson Ohka Kogyo Co., a competing photo-resistant manufacturer, refused to report. Samsung Electronics also declined to comment on this.

This month, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon of South Korea said the Japanese government had indicated that it would approve EUV photo-resistant imports sometime.

Japan targets fluorinated polyimides and hydrogen fluoride, as well as photoresistors. These are vital components in the production of screens and semiconductors which go into nearly every part of contemporary consumer electronics. The step arose following the South Korean judges ‘ decision to offset Japanese businesses for Koreans conscribed to the mills and mines during the colonisation of the peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

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